Phi Beta Kappa celebrates initiation of new members

Phi Beta Kappa celebrates initiation of new members
Alpha Chapter of South Dakota, Phi Beta Kappa, held its 2007 initiation ceremony on Monday, April 16 in Farber Hall of Old Main. A celebratory banquet, at the home of President James Abbott, honored the 21 new members of Phi Beta Kappa and preceded the initiation.

Following the banquet, the Phi Beta Kappa Lifto Amundson Lecturer, Dr. Helen A. Moore, professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, presented "Testing Whiteness: No Child (no school?) Left Behind?" The Lifto Amundson Lecture was established by Marjorie Lifto Amundson and her son, Dr. Loren Amundson of Sioux Falls. Mrs. Amundson was a member USD's Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and Dr. Amundson is currently a member of the chapter.

The Beaty Scholarship was presented to Calvin Krogman, a mathematics major, as the outstanding senior initiate. The Beaty Scholarship honors the late Professor Marjorie Beaty, Ph.D., who taught mathematics at USD for over 50 years. Garett Howardson, a psychology major, received the Grace L. Beede Scholarship for outstanding junior inductee. Professor Grace L. Beede, Ph.D., taught classics at USD for over 50 years.

Four juniors were elected to membership: Amy Dummer, psychology, of Lesterville; Krystal Kirwan, English, of LaVista, NE; Alyssa Mittleider, English, of Volga; and Garett Howardson, psychology, of Clark. Election as a junior is a particular honor, as juniors must have completed all the chapter's liberal arts requirements prior to induction.

Elected as seniors were Rebecca Bonnichsen, history/English, of Belle Fourche; Victoria Collins, biology, of Vermillion; Daniel Decker, biology, of Platte; Alison Egge, psychology/biology, of Yankton; Jessica Flanigan, biology, of Urbandale, IA; Sean Flynn, political science/economics, of Mitchell; Alese Giles, biology, of Willow Lake; Calvin Krogman, mathematics, of White River; Joseph Mahoney, psychology, of Sioux Falls; Jacob Mortenson, economics/political science, of Fort Pierre; Zachary Parsons, physics/mathematics, of Pierre; Kimberlynn Purintun, English/criminal justice, of DeSmet; Jonathon Ring, international studies/political science, of Rapid City; Andrea Schardin, psychology, of Marion; Stephanie Sinclair, psychology, of Milbank; Abrea Varney, biology, of Parkston; and Jill Vinzant, chemis-try/Spanish, of Sioux Falls.

Students that were unable to attend the initiation on April 16 were initiated April 23 in East Hall. Those students were Andrea Tjelmeland, biology, Blair, NE; Ryan Koehlmoos, political science/history, Cherokee, IA; Kevin Mellem, chemistry, Irene; Michael Pudenz, chemistry, Sioux Falls; and Mara McGill, biology, Beresford.

Requirements for election include one year's study of world civilizations or western civilization, one semester of calculus, one year of a second language, two 300/400 level courses of social science in two disciplines and one year of a laboratory science (prefer- ably physics, chemistry or biology).

For more information, contact Judith Sebesta, president of Alpha Chapter, at

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